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Jeff Essmann

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Jeff Essmann
Montana State Senate, District 28
In office
2005 - present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 10
President of the Senate
2013 - present
State House Majority Leader
2011 - 2012
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$105.31/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits8 years in any 16-year period
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives
2004 - 2005
Bachelor'sIllinois Institute of Technology, 1974
J.D.University of Montana, 1977
Date of birthJune 29, 1952
Place of birthBillings, Montana
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Campaign website
Jeff Essmann (b. June 29, 1952) is the Republican President of the Montana State Senate, representing District 28. Essmann served as the Majority Leader in the 2011-2012 session.

Essmann was appointed to the Montana House of Representatives in 2004, serving until 2005. Essmann was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1996. He was as a Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 69 Poly Drive School from 1982 to 1998, and Chair of the Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee from 1995 to 1999.


Essmann earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1974, and his J.D. from the University of Montana in 1977. His professional experience includes working as an attorney, owner/manager of Valet Today Cleaners, and owner/manager of Esstech Limited Liability Corporation.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Essmann served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Telecommunications
Finance and Claims


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Essmann served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Essmann served on the following committees:


Tax-exempt properties

As reported in the Montana Policy Institute's Montana Pig Tales (2012), Essmann supported efforts to create a comprehensive list of all tax-exempt properties in Montana. As of 2012, there were 11,034 properties which had been granted tax exemptions since the state was granted authority to do so in 1981, in addition to the large number of properties which had been granted tax exemptions by Montana's counties from the state's independence in 1889 until 1981. A bill to create a list of all such properties and verify the validity of their exemptions died in the interim Revenue and Transportation Committee in September 2012 amid objections from the Department of Revenue about the bill's potential expense in DOR time and resources.[1] Essmann told the Montana Policy Institute that he intended to introduce a bill to pilot a review of tax-exempt properties in one or two counties in 2013, although he had not done so by the end of the 2013 session.[2]

Election history


See also: Montana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Essman had initially declared his intention to run for Governor of Montana in 2012, but withdrew from the race months before the June 5th primary election, citing a lack of funds and a desire for a united Republican party.[3]


See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Essmann won election to the Montana State Senate, defeating Russell Doty. He had no primary opposition.

Montana State Senate, District 28 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Essmann (R) 5,906
Russell Doty (D) 2,898


On November 7, 2006, Essmann won re-election to the 28th District Seat in the Montana State Senate, defeating Rayla Romain (D).[4]

Montana State Senate, District 28 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Essmann (R) 7,091
Rayla Romain (D) 2,841

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Essmann was up for re-election, he collected $33,894 in donations.[5]

His largest contributor in 2010 was:

Donor Amount
Jeff Essman $1,050


In 2006, Essmann collected $40,445 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Jeff Essmann $24,000
Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee $1,050
Nelly Carlson $260
Mark Staples $230
Joel Long $230


Essmann is married to his wife, Sherry.

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